Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
|June 8, 2016
River-Friendly Farmer Awards
Due NEXT WEEK! - JUNE 17
Applications and signature pages are due by
. Applications must be submitted online through this
Google Application Form
. (Please note: you can download the full list of questions in
to copy/paste from and into the online google form if you prefer.) The
must be mailed or emailed as well. Further details can be found at the
2016 SWCD Resolution Process
All resolutions are due to the IASWCD office by
Resolution documents can be found
. Within these documents is
an update on resolutions from 2012-2016. Those noted with an asterisk will be sunset unless they are brought forth again during this process.
If you need any assistance or feedback on a draft resolution, please let
Also, please remember that in order to have a delegate at the annual business meeting, which will be
January 24, 2017, the SWCD must be a member in good standing (dues must be paid by
September 30, 2016).
ICP Training and Certification
Pasture Plant ID & Grazing Management Workshop
Deadline June 21
Location: Bedford IN, Feldun Purdue Agricultural Center
June 28, 2016
The ICP Training and Certification Training Program Team is planning this workshop.
NACD Grant Proposal
NACD has partnered with NRCS to award $50,000 grants for up to 20 districts. Grant funds are designed for urban agriculture conservation technical assistance activities in districts with developed or predominantly developing land use along with a special emphasis on underserved communities and food deserts.
Deadline: NACD is now accepting project proposals as directed in the RFP through June 30, 2016.
Please contact Debra Bogar (
with any questions.
Indiana NRCS Accepting Second Round Applications for Two Watersheds in Indiana
Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist for Indiana's USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that NRCS is accepting applications until
to be considered for second round funding to improve water quality in targeted watersheds throughout Indiana.
Additional dollars are available for the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) and National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). These initiatives help improve water quality and strengthen agricultural operations. Funding for each of these initiatives comes from the Farm Bill's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). View more details here.
Butterfly Habitat Development Project
This EQIP initiative will allow NRCS to work with partners and clients to increase monarch habitat on private agriculture lands. This effort is focused on planting milkweed and other nectar-rich forbs and reducing pesticide use in proximity to monarch habitat through the EQIP program. All counties in Indiana are eligible for this project. Applications must be received by June 17, 2016 to be considered for current funding.
for more information.
Indiana District Employees Association (IDEA)
The NACD Poster Contest is underway! This year's theme is "We All Need Trees." Posters are to be received at the IASWCD Office at 225 S East Street, Ste. 740, Indianapolis, IN 46202 by
Friday, June 10
or sent with your IDEA region director for judging. Please see full list of rules
NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar, sponsored by Scotts Miracle-Gro, will feature two district success stories in community outreach on
from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST.
in Oregon will share how they promote interest in urban conservation with an annual tour of riparian and in-stream restoration projects. Next, you'll hear from Pennsylvania's
on how to raise "conservation conscious citizens" with conservation work in the classroom and in the field.
There is no cost to participate in the webinar, but space is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, email
with your name, title, district (or business) name, and state.
Environmental Education Association
The Environmental Education Association of Indiana is holding their annual conference June 17-19 in Wayne County!
It is a great opportunity to learn and see what is going on with environmental education in Indiana, the nation, and the world!
For additional information
check out the flyer
or go to the
Pathway to Water Quality
Individual volunteer sign-up for staffing Pathway to Wa
ter Quality will open at 8
a.m. on Wednesday, June 1st. The state fair will ru
n from August 5th to August 21st.
For any questions please contact the PWQ Coordinator, Sara Peel
On September 30, INCA, including co-chairs Jim Sweeney and John Ulmer, along with the steering committee which includes the IASWCD, will be hosting a Conservation Congress at the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County. This event is replacing this years Conservation Day at the Statehouse, during the
"short" non-budget legislative session.
The 10th International Symposium of Agriculture and the Environment took place May 23-27, 2016 at Purdue University, West Lafayette.
The symposium included scientists and researchers from all over the world. On Wednesday, during the symposium, the Conservation Innovation Tour was hosted by NRCS and Mike Starkey at Starkey Farms in Brownsburg.
Great Lakes Commission
Great Lakes Commission
is making available a series of resources to assist municipalities in meeting the financial and ecological challenges of managing
water services. The resources include information on the benefits of integrated water management and green infrastructure; guidebooks, reports and fact sheets for municipal decision makers; an interactive Green Infrastructure Optimization Tool; and videos highlighting the challenges of providing water services and how green infrastructure and water conservation can help. Read more
Long Time Supervisor, Lyle Burtsfield, Passes Away
It is with heavy hearts that the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors and Staff want to inform you of the passing of long time Supervisor, Lyle Burtsfield. On Thursday, June 2, 2016 Lyle was weed eating around his irrigation intake and apparently suffered a fatal heart attack. Services were held Monday morning. Lyle was affiliated with the SWCD for 34 years, the past 30 as a Supervisor. He also served as NE Region Representative to IASWCD for several terms. Lyle was one of the original no-till farmers in the county, and was known and loved by many. He was proceeded in death by his wife, Nancy, who was active in the IASWCD Auxiliary. He is survived by two children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Online Condolences can be shared